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Brass bands, Big Freedia and Urban Music Fest among top Austin shows

Friday-Saturday: Urban Music Fest at Auditorium Shores. Now in its 12th year, UMF has not abandoned its roots, programming soul legacy acts of the ‘60s and ‘70s. “The Beat Goes On” this year with Saturday night act the Whispers. But these days, the fest is just as focused on luring in grown and sexy 30- and 40-somethings ready to move and groove to ‘90s hip-hop and R&B. Original gangsta of New Jack Swing, Keith Sweat, headlines on Saturday, and Friday night’s lineup features R&B innovators Tony! Toni! Tone! with two of three original members (sadly, not Raphael Saadiq) and feminist hip-hop pioneer, MC Lyte. Former Destiny’s Child member Letoya Luckett and local hip-hop artist Troy Noka round out the bill on Friday, and jazz artists Kyle Turner and Althea Rene play Saturday. Two-day pass is $73.99 + fees; Friday $36.99 + fees; Saturday $40.00 + fees. Gates at 3 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday. 900 W. Riverside Drive. — D.S.S.

Friday-Sunday: Honk!TX Community Street Band Festival. The little D-I-Y festival that could struts back into Austin for three days of low-brow musical merrymaking and mayhem. The party kicks off Friday with a “Night on South Congress” featuring performances at Jo’s Coffee and other nearby locations. On Saturday the event moves over to the North Campus area with a day party in the Hemphill Parks area by Spiderhouse Cafe and Wheatsville Co-op. Then on Sunday, the costumed crusaders march through East Austin before landing at the hillside amphitheater at Pan Am Park. All events are family-friendly and free. See for schedule and details. — D.S.S.

Saturday: The Last Waltz 40 Tour at Bass Concert Hall. Subtitled “A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Last Waltz,” this revue-styled show revisits the Band’s classic 1976 final performance, which Martin Scorsese turned into one of the great concert films of all time. A late and fortuitous add to the Austin show is the group’s keyboardist, Garth Hudson. He joins a cast that includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John, former Allman Brothers guitarist Warren Haynes, golden-voiced country singer Jamey Johnson, producer/musician Don Was and Neville Brothers percussionist Cyril Neville. $59-$225. 8:30 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. — P.B.

Saturday: Ruthie Foster album release at the Paramount. Foster isn’t quite a blues artist, but she’s been nominated for a blues Grammy three times. She’s not really a country artist, but Chris Stapleton wrote the first song on her new album, “Joy Comes Back.” She’s not exactly a rock artist, but yes, that is Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band playing slide on the title track. And nobody would call her music heavy metal, but there’s Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” jumping out from the middle of the record in a completely reimagined style. By now it’s clear that Foster pushes the broad umbrella of Americana to its limits in every direction. That’s pretty much been the case since her 1997 debut album, but it’s especially apparent here, as Foster’s soulful, gospel-informed voice ties together material that reflects the breadth of her talent and perspective. Carolyn Wonderland, David Grissom, Warren Hood and others are special guests on this night. $20-$44.50. 8 p.m. 713 Congress Ave. — P.B.

Saturday: Soul Rebels Sound System with Big Freedia at the Mohawk. How much NOLA can you handle? The mighty Soul Rebels, one of New Orleans’ finest brass bands, maintains a buzzing side business laying sound beds for rap’s lyrical heavyweights like Nas, Talib Kweli and Joey Bada$$. But for this gig, it’s all about the booty as they bring Queen of Bounce Big Freedia. Expect to see big bad brass and “Azz Everywhere.” $20. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. — D.S.S.

Tuesday: Southern Culture on the Skids at Continental Club. It must be hot-roddin’ time again. Whenever the annual Lonestar Round Up car show pulls into the Travis County Expo Center, as it does next weekend, North Carolina’s reigning trailer-trash rockers arrive early for a five-day stand at the city’s coolest car-culture-centric nightclub. Different opening acts will be featured each night, but we especially like this kickoff lineup, with hometown roots favorites Uncle Lucius on the bill and Continental grand dame Toni Price kicking things off in her 7 p.m. happy-hour slot. The main show starts at 9 p.m. with $15 admission. 1315 S. Congress Ave. — P.B.



Sweet Spirit album release at Barracuda (with Har Mar Superstar and Tinnarose on Friday, Absolutely Not and Fools on Saturday)

Lotus at Emo’s (with CloudChord on Friday, Thibault on Saturday)

Mike Flanigin Trio with Jimmie Vaughan & George Rains at C-Boy’s

Katchafire, Inna Vision at Flamingo Cantina


St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Israel Nash at Stubb’s outdoor

Rickie Lee Jones at One World Theatre

Big Sam’s Funky Nation, A-Town Getdown, Tomar and the FCs at Mohawk outside

Erica Wennerstrom at Cactus Cafe

Eric Prydz at Kingdom

Mike & the Moonpies, Tahoma, Kathryn Legendre at Antone’s

Hector Ward & the Big Time, South Austin Moonlighters, Denny Freeman at Saxon Pub

Dale Watson, Rosie Flores at White Horse

Don Harvey & A Is Red, Stefano Intelisano & Nagavalli Medicharla at Townsend

LeRoi Brothers at ABGB

Mingo Fishtrap, Moorea Masa at 3Ten at ACL Live


Victor Wooten Trio with Dennis Chambers & Bob Franceschini, Henry + the Invisibles at Empire

Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Nightowls, Omar & the Howlers at Antone’s

Electric Lady Planned Parenthood benefit with Kady Rain, Megafauna and more at Swan Dive

Raelyn Nelson Band, Jane Ellen Bryant, Nathan Edge at Townsend

Micky & the Motorcars at Saxon Pub

Nakia, Rochelle & the Sidewinders at Threadgill’s South

Sounds Del Mar, David Beck at ABGB

Van Wilks at One-2-One Bar


Panic! At the Disco at Erwin Center

Ghetto Twiinz at Given Recreation Center

Knife in the Water at End of an Ear

Guilty Simpson, Nick Cruz of MDK, more at North Door

Avoid at Grizzly Hall

Soul of a Musician series with Ray Prim at Iron Cactus North

Dylan Bishop Band, Miss Lavelle White at Antone’s

James Hand at ABGB


Mystery Monday with Christine Albert, Michael O’Connor and Kym Warner at El Mercado Backstage

Lonelyland, Brian Pounds at Saxon Pub

Mother Vibe, Swell Fellas at the Mohawk inside

Bison Machine, Crypt Trip, Destroyer of Light, White Dog at Hotel Vegas

Chris Gage at Donn’s Depot

Gents at Geraldine’s


Allah-Las, Babe Rainbow at Mohawk outdoor

Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band at Emo’s

Strand of Oaks, Mount Moriah at Stubb’s indoor

The Nothing Song presents the Diamond Center, River Jones & Lorelei Linklater at Cheer Up Charlie’s

Hippie Sabotage at Vulcan Gas Company

Sunny Sweeney & Brennen Leigh at Saxon Pub

Antone’s Big Trio, Bluebonnets at Antone’s

Randy Weeks at Continental Gallery

Kem Watts CD release at One-2-One Bar


Why?, Eskimeaux at Mohawk outdoor

Generationals at Empire Control Room

Fortunate Youth at Parish

Middleman Burr at Stateside at the Paramount

Transit Method, Oro Cassini, Aaron Clift Experiment at Sidewinder

Gary Nicholson, Jeff Plankenhorn at Cactus Cafe

Matt the Electrician at Townsend

Croy & the Boys at White Horse

Texas Radio Live with Tahoma, Wheelwrights at Guero’s Oak Garden

Barbara Nesbitt at Threadgill’s North


Euphoria Fest pre-party with Auto Body, Manic Focus, Resonant Frequency at Carson Creek Ranch

Passenger, Paper Kites at Stubb’s outdoor

Darden Smith album release in-store at Waterloo Records

Robbie Fulks at Cactus Cafe

Of Montreal, Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions at Mohawk outdoor

Orwells, Walters at Emo’s

Jarabe De Palo at Empire

Chris Berardo Acoustic Trio at Threadgill’s South

Carl Weathersby, Red Young & His Hot Horns at Antone’s

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few at Continental Gallery

Michael Hale Organ Trio, Emily Gimble, Paul Oscher at C-Boy’s

Jaimee Harris, Nellie Clay at One-2-One Bar

Jackie Venson at Geraldine’s

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